Monthly Archives: December 2017

At Home & Abroad

At this very moment, for all peoples and nations of the Earth may not even the names of disease, famine, war, and suffering be heard. May pure conduct, merit, wealth and prosperity increase and may supreme good fortune and well … Continue reading

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Emptiness & Form

When we see that form is emptiness, we attain great wisdom and no longer dwell in samsara. When we see that emptiness is form, we attain great compassion and no longer wish to dwell in nirvana. —Hua-yen Fazang, Brief Commentary … Continue reading

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Lay Disciples

Inasmuch as lay disciples develop faith, and motivate others to develop faith; cultivate virtue, and motivate others to cultivate virtue; are generous, and motivate others to be generous; are desirous of meeting with teachers, and motivate others to meet with teachers; are … Continue reading

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What Students Can Bear

Just as grammarians begin with reading the alphabet, the Buddha teaches doctrines that students can bear. To some, he teaches doctrines for the reversal of sin; to some, those to win merit; to some, doctrines based on duality. To some, … Continue reading

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No More, No Less

Equanimity is the mind that wishes liberation and enlightenment for friend and foe alike, but we might sometimes think this only requires that we not discriminate against our enemies. That is indeed so: we should not wish our enemies any … Continue reading

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As Is

Realizing that the world has always been a house on fire, we don’t clamor to find it being consumed by flames. And though we observe much that is ruined and worn, we have no eagerness to make repairs. —Ippen Shonin

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Not Destiny

Karma is action and consequence, cause and effect. We are not punished or rewarded for our actions. We merely experience their consequences. One could say that if water is poured on the floor, the floor gets wet for that reason. … Continue reading

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